How to Prevent Allergy Symptoms


By Alexa Tieu

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Allergy season is well on its way, especially with Spring starting.

But there are ways you can prevent symptoms from taking over your life.

The flowers and trees are blooming in the area...which means the sneezing will soon be worse.

And there are some things you should avoid if you suffer from allergies..

"The thing to look out for are willow trees providing a lot of the allergens here in the early Spring. Generally, it's plants that have smaller inconspicuous flowers that cause a lot of the pollen headaches, so to speak," says Derek Ruhter, General Manager at Webb Garden Center.

Ruhter explains there are other plants that may be easier on your sinuses.

Ruhter says, "Things with big flowers like lilacs and crabapples and other flowering trees that are noticeable...they are generally moderate or mild at best."

With March 20th marking the beginning of Spring, those who suffer from allergies should start preparing now.

"There are an awful lot of very effective over the counter medicines today. Products like Zyrtec and Claritin, Alavert – These are all medications that used to be prescription only that are now over the counter," says Dr. Gregory Wickern, Allergist, Asthma and Allergy of Idaho.

Dr. Wickern explains over the counter medicines are usually effective...but not in all cases.

"You may need to go in and start to see a physician who can provide nasal sprays that are prescription only that are much more effective at controlling all the symptoms," explains Dr. Wickern.

But there are other ways to reduce your exposure to allergens.

Wickern suggests, "Put your air conditioning in your car on recirculate...keep your windows closed in the early morning hours. That will keep some of the pollen from coming in."

Allergists can help you if over the counter and regular prescription drugs don't work.

They will help reduce your sensitivity to allergens..which could help you get rid of your allergies forever.

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